When you think about how difficult the past two years have been for everyone, can you imagine how increasingly difficult things would have been without our Augusta-based charities? Day in and day out, their managers, staff, and volunteers “walk the walk” by being committed Maine neighbors and serving those less fortunate within our community. Here are 5 Augusta-based charities we particularly admire and support—and hope YOU will support, too!
According to a recent report published by Good Shepherd Food Bank, 1 in 7 Maine children, seniors, and other adults live with food-insecurity. Established in 1981, The Augusta Food Bank provides a supplemental source of food to individuals and families in need, and now serves an average of 350 households onsite. Clients (who must register for the service) are welcome to receive their services once a month, and are provided about a week’s worth of food, based on family size. 161 Mount Vernon Avenue, Augusta
Partnering with 45 nonprofits and charities, United Way of Kennebec Valley mobilizes local partners, businesses, community leaders, and residents to expand opportunities and help local folks succeed. Prioritizing the areas of Education, Health, and Financial Stability, the program last year assisted more than 18,000 people throughout central Maine. 121 Commercial Street, Augusta
Started in 1970 by 21-year-old pastor’s wife Carolyn Neighoff Meyer, Bread of Life Ministries feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and provides services that help people change their lives and take personal responsibility. Today the service includes a soup kitchen, two homeless shelters, dozens of apartments, case management, and a benevolence fund to provide hope and a helping hand to the less fortunate among us. 159 Water Street, Augusta
This remarkable organization strives to end the hidden suffering of women veterans by providing an emotionally safe transitional home that empowers them to regain their inner strength. Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope envisions and strives for a world where all women veterans can achieve self-sufficiency and build their emotional strength and life-skills within a safe, home-like atmosphere. Please call (207) 358-8491 for directions to the house.
If you have a soft spot in your heart for dogs, cats, and other pets, this organization might be for you. Kennebec Valley Humane Association strives to create a kinder community by nurturing the animal/human bond. They enrich lives by placing animals for adoption in loving homes, where they can thrive on kindness and care. 10 Pethaven Lane, Augusta
The 5 charities we’ve looked at here are wonderful examples of nonprofits that deeply support and enrich our community--week in and week out. As we gather with our families and count our many blessings during this holiday season, we encourage you to learn more about the organizations that serve your community, and consider supporting them in whatever way you can.